Pedro Earp on the Business of Beer (Podcast)
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Boomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Pedro Earp, the chief marketing officer of international brewing powerhouse AB InBev. Earp also leads AB InBev's incubator and venture-capital arm, ZX Ventures.

Invest Like the Best
Invest Like the Best
Patrick O'Shaughnessy
Leore Avidar - Creating and Selling Superpowers - [Founder’s Field Guide, EP.3]
My guest today is Leore Avidar. Leore is the co-founder and CEO of Lob, a company which makes it easy to send direct mail programmatically. He’s also the founder of a new company focusing on sports card collectibles, Alt, which is how we originally connected. Our conversation ranges from building Lob, buying a Lebron James rookie card, starting a 2nd business while operating his first and how Leore tries to create and sell superpowers. Like my conversation with Rahul Vohra from Superhuman, I think this conversation will inspire entrepreneurs out there to start building aggressively. Please enjoy. This episode is brought to you by Microsoft for Startups. Microsoft for Startups is a global program dedicated to helping “enterprise-ready” B2B startups successfully scale their companies. If you’re a founder running a B2B company targeting the enterprise, you should definitely check them out. This episode is also sponsored by Vanta. Vanta has built software that makes it easier to both get and maintain your SOC 2 report, at a fraction of the normal cost. Founders Field Guide listeners can redeem a $1k off coupon at For more episodes go to Sign up for the book club and new email newsletter called “Inside the Episode” at Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag Show Notes (2:55) – (First question) – Origin of Lob (6:14) – Creating and selling superpowers to other people and its value proposition (7:23) – Defining an API in his words (8:44) – Early breaks for Lob (10:45) – Early lessons in responsible growth (12:19) – Physical infrastructure behind Lob (14:14) – Surprises in mail delivery (15:00) – Progression through their pricing models (18:10) – Leaders in the world of making the world programmable (19:07) – Their interest in the physical world (19:45) – Hardest part of scaling a physical business (21:09) – Building a culture that keeps people around (23:13) – Why he is fascinated by negotiations and what he’s learned from it (25:20) – Scarcity, time, and leverage impact’s on negotiations (26:35) – His interest in collectibles and the formation of Alt (30:18) – Size of the alternative market he focuses on (30:54) – The focus on cards (32:18) – An overview of collectible cards industry (33:19) – What is the API of card collection and trading (35:51) – Competitors in the space (37:19) – Buying a Lebron James card (38:21) – Building a fund around the collectibles and the strategy (39:45) – What it means to be a technology company (40:23) – Collectibles beyond sports (41:30) – Defining a good investor (43:32) – Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts (43:43) – Qualities he looks for in investors (45:03) – What does the collectible universe look like over the next 5-7 years (45:43) – Cultural value of assets (48:50) – Managing his time while launching two businesses (49:51) – What he’s most excited about over the next 6 months (51:45) – Consolidation of API businesses (52:19) – Kindest thing anyone has done for him Learn More For more episodes go to Sign up for the book club and new email newsletter called “Inside the Episode” at Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag
59 min
a16z Podcast
a16z Podcast
Andreessen Horowitz
The Present Future of Audio: Talk, Music, Video, Interactivity
We've already talked a lot about podcasting, both evolution of the industry as well as the form, but where are we going with the future of _audio_, more broadly? Can we borrow from the present and future of video (e.g., TikTok) to see what's next in audio (more layers, more interactivity)? Can we borrow from the past of audio (i.e., radio) to see what's next for _audio experiences_ (more blending of music, talk, podcasting)? Where do all these mediums converge and where do they diverge -- when it comes to user experience, product design, recommendations, discovery? Gustav Söderström, chief R&D officer (who oversees the product, design, data, and engineering teams) at Spotify -- the world's most popular audio streaming subscription service -- joins this episode of the a16z Podcast for a deep dive on all things audio with a16z general partner Connie Chan and editor in chief Sonal Chokshi. They cover the past, present, and future of audio -- going high level into the big trends and also dipping down into the trenches -- especially given the increased blending of talk/ podcasting, music, more. What are the challenges to designing for different mediums, on both front end and back end (including machine learning and different graphs), when listeners want everything in one place when and where they want it... yet their contexts shift? But the conversation more broadly is really more about what happens when we give creators (of all kinds!) tools -- not just for expression but for fan engagement and monetization too. We also discuss the themes of super apps and full-stack approaches when it comes to innovating on top of a protocol, as well as how innovation happens in practice: How do mediums -- and organizations -- evolve, prioritize, "disrupt themselves"? All this and more in this episode. --- _The views expressed here are those of the individual AH Capital Management, L.L.C. (“a16z”) personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. Certain information contained in here has been obtained from third-party sources, including from portfolio companies of funds managed by a16z. While taken from sources believed to be reliable, a16z has not independently verified such information and makes no representations about the enduring accuracy of the information or its appropriateness for a given situation. In addition, this content may include third-party advertisements; a16z has not reviewed such advertisements and does not endorse any advertising content contained therein._ _This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities or digital assets are for illustrative purposes only, and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors, and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any fund managed by a16z. (An offering to invest in an a16z fund will be made only by the private placement memorandum, subscription agreement, and other relevant documentation of any such fund and should be read in their entirety.) Any investments or portfolio companies mentioned, referred to, or described are not representative of all investments in vehicles managed by a16z, and there can be no assurance that the investments will be profitable or that other investments made in the future will have similar characteristics or results. A list of investments made by funds managed by Andreessen Horowitz (excluding investments for which the issuer has not provided permission for a16z to disclose publicly as well as unannounced investments in publicly traded digital assets) is available at _Charts and graphs provided within are for informational purposes solely and should not be relied upon when making any investment decision. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The content speaks only as of the date indicated. Any projections, estimates, forecasts, targets, prospects, and/or opinions expressed in these materials are subject to change without notice and may differ or be contrary to opinions expressed by others. Please see for additional important information._
56 min
All-In with Chamath, Jason, Sacks & Friedberg
All-In with Chamath, Jason, Sacks & Friedberg
Jason Calacanis
E10: Twitter & Facebook botch censorship (again), the publisher vs. distributor debate & more
Follow the crew: Follow the pod: Sacks' blog post on Section 230: Referenced in the show: NY Post Hunter Biden Story Twitter's explanation for censoring it Facebook's explanation for censoring it Updated CDC survival rates Show Notes: 0:00 The besties catch up on the news 1:29 NY Post Hunter Biden story & censorship by Twitter/Facebook 7:27 What is section 230 & how does it play into the publisher vs. distributor debate 13:23 Distinguishing between publishers & distributors 28:30 Why Twitter & Facebook's actions with the NY Post were a huge blunder & crossed a line, should the laws be rewritten? 37:21 Trump beats COVID, what that means for better treatment options, dueling town halls 46:14 Sacks explains his stance on Prop 13 & Zuckerberg's pro-Prop 15 lobbying 54:34 Thoughts on Amy Coney Barrett & Biden's large lead in the polls
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We Study Billionaires - The Investor’s Podcast Network
We Study Billionaires - The Investor’s Podcast Network
The Investor's Podcast Network
TIP319: Intrinsic Value Assessment of Charles Schwab w/ Arif Karim (Business Podcast)
In this episode, you'll learn: * What is the intrinsic value of Charles Schwab * The importance of networking effects in wealth management  * Why the two most important metrics in wealth management is AUM growth and NIM * How to value a financial service company  * What the expectation is for inflation, and the impact for Charles Schwab  * Ask the Investors: When do you understand an asset well enough to invest in it?  BOOKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE * Arif Karim’s company, Ensemble Capital * Ensemble Capital’s educational blog * Ensemble Capital’s Twitter * Subscribe to "Real Vision: Finance, Business & Global Economy” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. * Get a FREE book on how to systematically identify and follow market trends with Top Traders Unplugged.  * Make hiring efficient and effective. Get a quality candidate within the first day with ZipRecruiter.  * BlockFi provides financial products for crypto investors. Products include high-yield interest accounts, USD loans, and no fee trading. For a limited time, you can earn a bonus of $25 when you open a new account. Just go to to start earning today. * Protect your online activity TODAY with ExpressVPN, the VPN rated #1 by CNET and Wired. * Capital One. This is Banking Reimagined. What’s in your wallet? * Get the most competitive rate if you’re looking to get a mortgage or refinance in Canada with Breezeful. Plus, get a $100 gift card at your closing. * Enjoy Dedicated Account Management Support from Telstra, now with messaging, for every business. * Browse through all our episodes (complete with transcripts) here * Support our free podcast by supporting our sponsors
1 hr
Equity Monday 10/19
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big news, chats about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here and myself here — and don’t forget to check out last Friday’s episode. * American equities are set to rise, which is good news for the startup-VC world as it means that the current up-cycle will continue. But the good public market is not landing evenly, as Europe sees its VC-backed IPO tally lag the rest of the world. * The biggest recent news stories in tech and venture were Alibaba's enormous Sun Art deal that echoes the Amazon-Whole Foods deal at first blush, and SpaceX's latest success. The quiet weekend could herald the return of a slower, holiday news cycle as we close in on November. On the funding front, we found three super cool startups: * AiFi raised $14.5 million in a round that Crunchbase News covered. Autonomous, checkout-free stores? Count us in. * Lawmatics raised a $2.5 million Seed round. The startup does vertical SaaS (CRM, marketing) for lawyers. That just sounds lucrative. * And then there was Chiper, which put together a $12 million round to help build out its ecommerce service in Latin America. Investors Monashees, Kaszek Ventures, and WIND Ventures put the money up. And to close we took a look at some Q3 2020 data from CBInsights and Crunchbase News. That's all we got. The show is back in just a few days. Hugs!
9 min
Hidden Forces
Hidden Forces
Demetri Kofinas
The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare | Chris Brose
In Episode 159 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Chris Brose, fmr. Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee, a fmr. speechwriter to two Secretaries of State, and the current Head of Strategy at Anduril Industries, a defense product company working at the bleeding edge of innovation in defense strategy, procurement, and development. This is a conversation about the story that the American public tells itself about the strength and primacy of American military power and how that story has increasingly fallen out of step with the reality of how our military operates, the technologies it has at its disposal, and the threat that countries like Russia and China pose to America’s battle-networks, systems, and platforms. How do we navigate these challenges while still trying to maintain peace and security both at home and abroad? How is the nature of warfare changing, and how can America’s military evolve to meet the challenge posed by new systems of automated warfare, next-generation weaponry, and shorter development cycles? And as we work to meet these challenges, how do we guard against the weakening of our civil and political institutions in an effort to overcome them? These are just a few of the questions that Chris and Demetri tackle in the first part of today’s conversation. In the overtime, the two discuss some of the initiatives and projects that Chris is most excited about at Anduril, and how the company is revolutionizing the way we think about the relationship between commercial technologies and military technologies, battle networks and platforms, as well as the overall budgetary procurement and acquisition process. You can access the episode overtime, as well as the transcript and rundown to this week’s episode through the Hidden Forces Patreon Page. All subscribers gain access to our overtime feed, which can be easily added to your favorite podcast application. If you enjoyed listening to today’s episode of Hidden Forces you can help support the show by doing the following: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | CastBox | RSS Feed Write us a review on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to our mailing list through the Hidden Forces Website Producer & Host: Demetri Kofinas Editor & Engineer: Stylianos Nicolaou Subscribe & Support the Podcast at Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @hiddenforcespod Episode Recorded on 10/13/2020
1 hr 2 min
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